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CDPH Releases Annual End of Life Option Act Report

CDPH Releases Annual End of Life Option Act Report

According to the report, between June 9, 2016 and December 31, 2017, 191 people requested the prescription, and 111 of them were reported to have died after ingesting the medication.

The report analyzes statistics only through December 31 of 2016, so its numbers understate use of the law to date.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the 2016 End of Life Option Act (Act) first Annual Report.

During that period, 191 people who had six months or fewer to live received life-ending prescriptions.

During the first six month's of California's right-to-die law, 111 people in the state ended their lives using lethal prescriptions.

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After the aid-in-dying law was adopted in California, the state's Department of Public Health developed a statistical report where it assessed the diseases, ages, and some other data regarding those terminally ill people who received doctor prescriptions to end their lives.

The similar law (Right-to-die Law) was approved by OR state government and many other states two decades ago that left majority of white, strongly educated cancer patients of age 60 dead.

Satistics on those taking their lives appeared in some respects to mirror those in OR, which was the first state to legalize the practice nearly 20 years ago, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"Any unused drug that is prescribed for aid in dying has to be returned in person to either the pharmacy where it was purchased to be destroyed or to another (government-designated) place where it can be destroyed", said Bob Davila, a spokesman for the California State Board of Pharmacy, told the Sacramento Bee. The law also states that doctors themselves should not prescribe the drug to them until n unless patients demand it. Most were receiving hospice, had health insurance and were college educated. The states of Oregon, Colorado, Washington, and Vermont have passed legislation similar to California's while Montana's courts upheld the legality of the practice.

Compassion & Choices is the oldest nonprofit working to improve care and expand options for the end of life in the United States, with 450,000 members nationwide.

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